When I ran Cross Country in high school I wore an old cotton tshirt, Soffee cotton shorts, and a cotton sports bra to practice every day. COTTON EVERYTHING! How did I not drown in my own sweat and crumple under the weight of my damp clothing? Sure, I knew that there were nice work out clothes out there, but Nike, Adidas, and Puma gear can be expensive. In my teenager mind spending more than $20 on anything was a lot, and spending it on work out clothes was a ridiculous notion.
Fast forward ten years and I am proud to say that I don’t wear cotton to exercise, and I didn’t spend a fortune on my arsenal of dry-wicking work out gear! There are so many affordable and long-lasting brands out there that are fashionable, too. My favorite places to shop for work out clothes are Old Navy, Target, and Kohl’s.
When it comes to work out wear, I usually only buy black crop bottoms. That way they match all the different colored tops I have, and it takes the guess work out of getting my gym bag together in the morning. My favorites are from Old Navy, and I got this pair on sale for around $20 recently. If you’re looking for name brands, I’ve had luck at Costco for Adidas crops and at TJ Maxx for Nike and Under Armour.
Kohl’s and Target have had some adorable graphic work out tops lately. This ‘Every Mile is Worth My While’ top I have on here was $9.60 at Kohl’s, and they have a lot of other cute options, like these racerbacks for $11.99. Target carries a line called Chin Up Apparel that says exactly what you’ve been thinking when it comes to exercise, like this ‘Will Run for Wine’ muscle tank. With all these great options, there’s no excuse to keep wearing pajama shirts to the gym.
When I was in high school I had my running gait analyzed at a specialty running store and they recommended these Asics Cumulus shoes to me. I’ve kept buying them ever since and firmly believe that finding the right shoes will change your life (and not just when it comes to working out. You’ve seen Cinderella, right?). I highly recommend getting your gait analyzed if you’re a runner, as finding the right pair will minimize the risk of injuries over time.
What’s your workout style? Has anyone tried workout gear from H&M? I’ve been tempted to buy some of their stuff lately, but just haven’t taken the plunge.
Tank: Kohl’s – exact – similar / Crops: Old Navy – exact / Shoes: Asics – exact / Sports Bra: Champion – similar / Socks: Champion – similar